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How to make your own cigarette papers

Updated February 21, 2017

You can make your own custom cigarette papers from a few common household items. Commercial cigarette papers are designed to burn at the speed of the tobacco for a slow, relaxed smoking experience. Thin rice paper is lightweight and flexible with similar slow-burning properties. Rice paper is made primarily of ground rice and is not treated and bleached with harsh chemicals like paper from trees. Roll cigarettes the size and length you desire by making your own cigarette papers.

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  1. Cut the rice paper into squares or rectangles that are 1.25 cm (1/2 inch) longer than the desired length and four times as wide as the desired width of the rolled cigarette. For a cigarette that is 10 cm (4 inches) long and 1.25 cm (1/2 inch) wide, you would trim a 11.25 cm (4 1/2-inch) long by 5 cm (2 inch) wide rectangle.

  2. Mix the hot water with the sugar in a small dish to create the simple syrup that will act as glue.

  3. Dip the paintbrush in the sugar glue and paint a light strip of adhesive that is about 3 mm (1/8 inch) wide along the edge of one of the long sides. Lay the painted pieces of rice paper with the adhesive side facing up on a flat surface and place small stones on their centres to keep them in place.

  4. Allow the rolling papers to dry for 10 minutes after the glue has been applied. Store the homemade rolling papers in an airtight container in a cool, dark and dry place like a cupboard.

  5. Tip

    Moistening the rice rolling papers slightly makes them easier to roll. Adjust the nozzle on a spray bottle so the output is a light, even mist of water.

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Things You'll Need

  • Rice paper
  • Scissors
  • 45 ml (3 tbsp) hot water
  • 15 ml (1 tbsp) granulated white sugar
  • Small dish
  • Paintbrush
  • Small stones
  • Airtight container

About the Author

Jeffrey Brian Airman is a writer, musician and food blogger. A 15-year veteran of the restaurant industry, Airman has used his experience to cover food, restaurants, cooking and do-it-yourself projects. Airman also studied nursing at San Diego State University.

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